Charles de Foucauld was born in France in 1858; he lived in Paris for some time. After inheriting money from his grandfather, he began living a reckless life and ceased to be a Christian. His cousin, Marie, lived near his apartment in Paris. She was a deeply spiritual young woman. Through her example, Charles began to change and rediscovered his faith in God and love for Christ. Regarding his conversion, Charles said,
The moment I realized that God existed, I knew I could not do otherwise than to live for Him alone.
He returned to the sacraments and lived as a Trappist monk. He was ordained a priest and went to Algeria to take up the life of a hermit in the desert. His witness of charity, patience, and his deep faith, became a witness to those around him. While attempting to warn two Arab soldiers of danger from a group of rebels, Charles was murdered.
The life of Charles de Foucauld was a seed which had to die before it sprouted. Today, religious congregations exist based on his example: Jesus Caritas, Little Brothers of Jesus, Little Sisters of Jesus, and Little Sisters of the Gospel. They witness their Christian life in charity and patience.
His Prayer of Abandonment:
Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures. I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul; I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord,
and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands, without reserve,
and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father.
Feast Day: December 1
- Journey of the Spirit by Cathy Wright
- Two Dancers in the Desert: The Life of Charles De Foucauld by Chalres Lepetit